WRITING: I think that more refined writing skills are missing here; poor character development, less mechanical-more natural dialogue, better story telling, etc.,. Writing is a craft; this "novel" has the painful punch of a juvenile attempt. The sentence structure and word choices are awkward and obtuse. The character dialogue is tedious; unnatural and burdened with minutiae. This author need s a GREAT deal more training.
None by this author. This was a painful listen; wrought with poorly written material and equally disappointing delivery.
NARRATION: Better verbal acting, more natural character voices and less mechanical delivery; sounds like a random person reading to 1st graders. The poorly written material is degraded even more by poor narration.
I think that the topic was noble but muddled by the author's skill deficits.
Again - writing is a craft not a project; one needs to have an honest eye and the willingness to resist the urge to publish when the product is not at the right level.
The narrator brought the work to life! Not only was his a stellar performance the story is so wonderfully thought out and crafted that you feel as though you are watching a movie unfold in your mind. The characters are 3 dimensional; they retain an air of mystery that walks hand-in-hand with the plot. This book offers surprises, so that the reader is not held hostage by traditional formulaic meanderings.
The evolution of the characters married with the plot.
His ability to support each character's personality; their voices and individualized verbal nuances was masterful!
A world where nobility and mysticism birth a wonderful world empire filled with drama and enchantment....
GREAT read!!!!! Getting the other 2 books of this series ASAP!
The story was excellent which made the narrator's task much easier. That said, it flowed well; it was relevant and well written, the content interesting, thought provoking, timely and immediately applicable.
The section that covered venting: letting that process happen without judgement and then saying, "Tell me more". I am a counselor. I tried it. it worked!
The conversational but connected tone in his delivery; he understood the material and conveyed the material in a way that remained "almost excited" for entirety of the book.
When being right isn't the only or best right answer....
Loved this book; recommended it to colleagues and friends for professional and real- life support.
No; this book was too tedious a listen for me - far too many acronyms and extreme focus on the physiology of the human brain. The cover and description lead me to believe that this book was written from a basic humanistic perspective. Not so. There is so much unecessary and complicated wording that the experience of listening to this work mocks the word "practical" in it's title.
As far as the narrator; his inflections, and lack of such in many cases, failed to show a connection or deeper understanding of the material. It was often as if he was reading from a script; making minor tone changes that were not consistent with what he is saying. Ultimately, it was a pretty flat performance.
Finishing :Just Listen" by Mark Goulston
Consider their audience!!!! Use more basic terms and simplistic analogies. I would also have lisked more on Buddhism versus brain chemistry.
No. This is 2 different books that failed to meld. So, maybe the answer is to separate them and write them separately; 1 on Buddha and the thinking process and the other on brain chemistry.
Good intentions; poor execution.
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